In many people’s minds, the words “root canal” have an instant negative connotation. Fortunately, many of the negative thoughts surrounding root canal therapy are simply myths. A root canal is an important dental procedure which, by design, actually preserves the natural structure of the tooth. Learn more about root canal therapy and what it can do for your mouth with Dr. Duc Tang at Promenade Center for Dentistry in Charlotte, NC.
Does a root canal hurt?
The very first thing your dentist will do before beginning your root canal procedure is numb the area he will work in. This eliminates the chance that you will feel any pain during your procedure.
How can a root canal help my tooth?
Tooth decay eats away at a tooth until it reaches the inner pulp chamber, where it infects the inner tissues and the tooth’s nerve. At this point, the only option is to extract the tooth altogether or perform a root canal to clear out the decayed tissues and fill in the tooth. Preserving the tooth’s natural structure leaves its roots intact, providing the stimulation of the bone in which they lie needs to stay healthy and prevent bone atrophy. Extracting the tooth removes the roots as well, leaving a gap in your smile and affecting chewing and eating.
Do I need a root canal?
One of the most tell-tale signs of requiring a root canal is suffering from a toothache. Many times, a sudden toothache signals that decay has reached the tooth’s nerve and began infecting the surrounding tissues. You may also need a root canal if you have a broken or damaged tooth which exposes the tooth’s nerve.
Root Canal Therapy in Charlotte, NC
According to the American Academy of Endodontics, dentists perform about 15 million root canals a year, over 41,000 a day. This tried and true method will resolve your toothache and leave you with a healthy, functional tooth for years to come. For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Duc Tang at Promenade Center for Dentistry in Charlotte, NC. Call (704) 321-0980 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Tang today!